It’s one thing to have head knowledge that the iPhone is nothing short of a cultural phenomenon, and that it’s been a key influence to everyday life this decade and for decades to come – there’s no imagining life without it.
This is another. Even knowing that doesn’t make this piece any less remarkable. The iPhone, a single product, has influenced, if not permanently altered, this entire city’s way of life, and in much different ways than it has for us, I should add.
The piece also makes the case for why it’s a staggering task to bring manufacturing to the US – not just for Apple, and not just for tech companies either:
It’s also a bit worrying what could happen in the immediate future for Zhengzhou, even just one or two years from now. Customers could end up buying fewer iPhones for whatever reason – for example, if they keep them for longer or iPhones simply become less appealing – which I wouldn’t say is a too far-off possibility. Still unlikely in my opinion, but not highly – there’s already a report that Apple’s cutting iPhone production in the January-March quarter for the second straight year.